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R&D Program

DOE leadership and support spur advances in the efficacy and performance of light-emitting diode (LED) and organic LED (OLED) technologies—advances that might not otherwise be achieved without DOE funding.

LED R&D focuses on complex issues that limit the efficacy and performance of today’s LED products. Today’s LED research focuses on improving phosphors, simplifying package design, tuning the spectrum, and addressing stability for both light output and color.


OLED R&D focuses on increasing the efficacy, lifetime, and output of OLED devices, and manufacturing infrastructure investments to reduce costs. OLED technology is less mature than LED technology, and DOE has implemented a new collaborative OLED testing opportunity to accelerate developments in OLED lighting technology and manufacturing.


Shaping the R&D Agenda

Document Covers.Two documents guide the DOE SSL R&D program: the Multi-Year Program Plan and the Manufacturing R&D Roadmap. All funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) and project selections align with these two plans, which are updated annually in collaboration with industry partners. Industry input is sought through focused roundtables and annual workshops that bring together America's best and brightest scientists focused on SSL R&D advances, strategies, and ideas. These exchanges inform not only DOE-sponsored R&D, but also research agendas in academia and industry.

R&D Portfolio

The DOE SSL R&D portfolio is composed of competitively selected and cost-shared projects. Solicitations for R&D funding are issued annually. R&D partners and projects are selected based on factors such as energy savings potential, likelihood of success, and alignment with the MYPP and Roadmap.

The DOE SSL R&D Portfolio report provides an overview of research projects funded by DOE. Each project profile in the portfolio includes a brief technical description as well as information about the project partners, funding, and time frame.

  • Learn more about Patents resulting from DOE-funded R&D.
  • View Research Highlights to learn more about major progress, breakthroughs, and world records that result from DOE-funded research projects.
  • Find out about R&D Program Impacts.